Imagine seeing a group of
firefighters polishing their engine outside a burning
building with people trapped at a top floor window.
Obviously, there is nothing wrong with cleaning a fire
engine—but not while people are trapped in a burning
building! Instead of ignoring their cries, the firefighters
should have an overwhelming sense of urgency to rescue
them. That’s the spirit that should be behind
the task of evangelism. But according to Dr. Bill Bright
of Campus Crusade for Christ, “Only 2 percent
of believers in America regularly share their faith
with others.” That means that 98 percent of the
professing Body of Christ are “lukewarm”
when it comes to obeying the Great Commission (Mark
Oswald J. Smith said, “Oh
my friends, we are loaded down with countless church
activities, while the real work of the Church, that
of evangelizing and winning the lost, is almost entirely
neglected.” We have polished the engines of worship,
prayer, and praise and neglected the sober task given
to us by God. A firefighter who ignores his responsibilities
and allows people to perish in flames is not a firefighter;
he is an impostor. How could we ignore our responsibility
and allow the world to walk blindly into the fires of
hell? If God’s love dwells in us, we must warn
them. The Bible tells us to “have compassion...save
with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even
the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 22,23).
If we don’t have love and compassion, then we
don’t know God—we are impostors (1 John
Charles Spurgeon said, “Have
you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not
saved yourself. Be sure of that.” Please, examine
yourself to see if you are in the faith (2 Corinthians
13:5). Don’t be part of the great multitude who
called Jesus “Lord,” but refused to obey
Him. It will be professing believers who will hear those
fearful words, “I never knew you: depart from
me” (Matthew 7:21–23).
Backward Christian soldiers, fleeing from the
With the cross of Jesus nearly out of sight.
Christ, our rightful master, stands against
But forward into battle, we are loathe to go.
Like a mighty tortoise
moves the Church of God
Brothers we are treading where we’ve always
We are much divided, many bodies we
Having many doctrines, not much charity.
Crowns and thorns
may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the Church of Jesus hidden does remain.
Gates of hell should never ‘gainst the
We have Christ’s own promise, but think
that it will fail.
Sit here then ye
people, join our useless throng
Blend with ours your voices in a feeble song.
Blessings, ease and comfort, ask from Christ
With our modern thinking, we don’t do
If God is speaking
to you about your lack of evangelistic concern, pray
something like this now: Father, please forgive me for
my lack of love for this dying world. From this day
forward I will strive to be a “true and faithful
witness.” Please give me the wisdom to know what
to say to reach the lost. In Jesus’ name I pray.